Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Officially CFP Season: Another Childhoods Conference!! (Updated)

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From the looks of all these CFPs flooding my Inbox, 2011 is set to be an AMAZING year for children's studies...which is very fitting, seeing as this year has been proclaimed the International Year of Youth by the UN. This next CFP comes out of Rutgers University in Camden's Department of Childhood Studies, home of several of my favourite academics, including Dan Cook and Lynne Vallone. The conference itself promises to be a good one, with a nice broad focus that will likely bring in a diverse assortment of papers and scholars. Here's the description, as posted on the conference website:

Multiple Childhoods / Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies
May 20-21, 2011

The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, USA

We invite submissions for participation in a conference hosted by the Department of Childhood Studies of Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, USA on Multiple Childhoods/ Multidisciplinary Perspectives. As a field, childhood studies has flourished in large part because scholars have recognized the necessity of moving between and beyond traditional academic disciplines and have resisted the idea that there exists one, normative version of childhood common to all. Indeed, Multiple Childhoods/Multidisciplinary Perspectives seeks participation from those who work to counter the presumption or invocation of an unproblematically normative childhood by making visible how varied material and institutional circumstances, ideologies, beliefs and daily practices serve to shape the unfolding lives and experiences of children.
In this spirit, participants are encouraged to interrogate practices and discourses surrounding childhood and childhood studies, asking, for instance: What forms do childhoods take in various social arrangements? How do the dynamics of social class, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation and religion configure notions of “appropriate” and “inappropriate” childhoods? How do children understand various kinds of social difference and inequalities? What about the understandings of researchers, and those who care for or otherwise attend to children? In what ways do conceptualizations of “the child” and of presumed normative childhoods—in research, in the commercial world, in institutional and everyday settings, in literature and discourse—inform the kinds of actions undertaken by and on behalf of children?
*Abstract submission opens here September 1st
Click HERE for full Call for Papers or download the PDF.

Updated Aug. 23, 2010: And here's another one:


Young People’s Cultures & Games, Gaming, and Play

MAY 28-31, 2011
DEADLINE: November 15, 2010
Gaming and play culture have long been central components of childhood taking many forms across the Global North and South. The digital format dominates playtime today, but play is, and has been, a more complex set of practices in the everyday lives of young people. This session aims to explore how games, gaming, and play are tied to contemporary forms of social interaction and alternative ways of thinking and learning in the context of a dynamic media ecology that is participatory even while being shaped by an unparalleled moment of media concentration.
Possible topics may include (but are not limited to): forms of participation games and gaming engender for children and youth; forms of learning present, missing or reinforced through gaming; gaming literacies and specific forms of knowledge produced by games; barriers to entry in gaming/game communities; the role of race, gender, and sexuality in gaming cultures; post-coloniality and gaming cultures; identity, performance, and game play; the “burden” of play on children and youth; the expectations that children will learn and be socialized through play; the “right” of children and youth to play.
Following the instructions under Option # 1 at, send three documents in separate electronic files directly to by November 15, 2010: (1) a 700-word proposal or 8- to 10-page double-spaced paper, without identifying marks; (2) a 100-word abstract and 50-word biographical statement; and (3) a Proposal Submissions Information Sheet.
NOTES: You must be a current member of ARCYP or ACCUTE to submit to this session. Rejected submissions will not be moved into the general “pool” of ACCUTE submissions.
Please feel free to print or forward the attached PDF of this Call for Papers: cfp ARCYP ACCUTE Congress 2011 Games, Gaming, and Play. 

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